There are many film programs from which to choose for all aspiring filmmakers. The majority of the film programs offered by universities and art schools throughout the USA and Canada are very similar to one another in terms of course offerings and the opportunities provided for students to advance their careers. There are, however, a few select film programs that offer added incentives to students enrolled in their institutions. Which programs are these? Read on to find out!
Tisch School of the Arts (New York University)
NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts is renowned for having produced some of the nation’s best and brightest actors, performers and writer/directors. The reason this film program is so special is that the professors stress the importance of not just technique and technology, but of the art of filmmaking. Anyone can aim a camera and press record; the ultimate objective is to make something worth watching, and this the Tisch Film and Television Department offers its students in spades. The program stresses the importance of real world experience and requires students to create their own films with their own hands, utilizing their own tools and creative powers. The school also offers a very strong internship program for its students, allowing them to get their foot in the door that so many others want to storm.
USC School of Cinematic Arts
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is another program renowned for offering students a unique learning experience as future filmmakers. It holds the distinction of the oldest and largest film school in the United States, accommodating an average of 1500 students each year, nearly two-thirds of them undergraduates. The school also holds the distinction of having had Alfred Hitchcock on its faculty as Professor of American Film. The school has expectedly turned out a large number of famous and award winning filmmakers, among them the following: Judd Apatow, Ron Howard, Jay Roach, and John Turtletaub.
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is currently ranked the top film school in the nation out of nearly 500 schools in the nation. Expectedly, admission is considered highly competitive, with open seats going only to the most qualified applicants. The school has ample resources which it taps to educate its students, among them the Geffen Playhouse and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The school’s film and television archive is the largest of its kind at any American university and contains more media and film than any other institution after the Library of Congress. The school currently enrolls about 400 students in both its undergraduate and graduate programs, with a faculty of about 140. Among its most prominent programs apart from Film and Television Production are Documentary, Screenwriting, and Animation. Its most famous alumni include Jack Black, Lloyd Bridges, Carol Burnett, Nicholas Cage, Francis Ford Coppola, James Horner and Rob Reiner.
University of Michigan
Michigan’s premiere film school is located at the University of Michigan in Dearborn under the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures. As you may have surmised from the program’s name, the courses offered place a great deal of emphasis on the study of actual images, including their meaning and significance. The program’s approach is both practical and analytical, encouraging students to apply their own ideas of meaning to the production of media and film. The program also encourages students to hone their writing skills as this facilitates their ability of communicate as filmmakers.
Vancouver Film School
Often touted as the best film school in Canada, the Vancouver Film School offers world class programs for just about any career in film. Its wide roster of available courses of study include the following: 3D Animation and Visual Effects, Classical Animation, Digital Character Animation, Acting for Film and Television, Acting Essentials, Digital Design, Entertainment Business Management, Film Production, Game Design, Makeup Design for Film and Television, Sound Design for Film and Television, Writing for Film and Television, and Foundation Visual Art and Design. Clearly, no matter what you are hoping to study, this is the place to forge your skills as a filmmaker and artist!